The Chicken Wing Super Bowl
molly schuyler, age 39, Plumas Lake, California
You ate 47 pounds of chicken wings in 30 minutes to win Wing Bowl 26. How do you train for that?
The night before, the girls had a night out and we ate a lot of nachos. That morning, I drank at least three gallons of water to stretch my stomach.
When did you realize you might be good at this?
When I did my very first challenge, everybody took note of it. I kept saying, “I just ate a hamburger, whatever.”
Do you compete often?
Fifteen to 20 times a year. I won $22,000 at my first Wing Bowl. (She has also competed with cinnamon rolls, bratwurst, pudding, and fried mushrooms, though not at the same time.)
But how do you still weigh only 127 pounds?
Any professional eater will not eat like that at home. It’s fruits and veggies in our house.
How did you find this career?
I had four small children. I was working as a bartender to be home during the day, but when I started doing this, I was making more money in minutes than I would make in a whole month.
What do people say when you tell them what you do?
People make fun of us sometimes.
But competitive eating is a physical sport. If you overeat on Thanksgiving, you’re doing the same thing we are— only we’re getting paid.
The Wing Bowl is held every year in Philadelphia the Friday before the Super Bowl. Schuyler has won the contest three times.